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Burglars hit Ohio home while family mourns toddler
Associated Press

Updated: 07/17/2009 07:36:04 AM CDT


LEBANON, Ohio Authorities in Ohio are looking for thieves who broke into a home while the family of a 2-year-old was at a funeral home preparing for the boy's services.

The sheriff's office in southwest Ohio's Warren County says the toddler died in an ATV accident last week. Deputies say the family was at a Waynesville funeral home with the body on Friday when their home was burglarized.

Family members say the burglars got by two dogs and broke in the back door. They took an antique gun and some jewelry.

Detectives called the break-in at the home of a grieving family appalling.

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This is disgusting.

However, isn't it common knowledge that you should have someone stay at your house if you are attending something announced in the paper, such as a funeral or wedding? When my sister's wedding was announced in the newspaper, my parents had a girl from their church come and housesit while we attended the rehearsal dinner, wedding, reception, etc.

Don't take this as me "blaming" the family for what happened to them - it's repulsive - but this should serve as a reminder to everyone to safeguard their home during events.

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I must have been out of the room when that common knowledge was being passed out. I'm going to a wedding in 90 minutes and sure hope nobody breaks into the wedding party's homes because we were brash enough to announce the wedding in the paper.

Seriously, when do we stop blaming the victims? It's common knowledge that the homes of most working couples are empty from 9-5 most days. Does that put the obligation on them to hire a house sitter so a burglar won't break in during the day?

It's bullsh*t. Burglars do their thing because they know there's little or no consequence for it. People shouldn't have to live in armed camps with private guards for their homes because they fear pillaging looters every moment they leave home.

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I agree with you, thrice, and I specifically stated that I'm not blaming the victims. Perhaps it's an Iowa thing, but all the funerals I've been to, there was someone (not close family, obviously) who stayed at the house during the funeral.

I think it's rather naive to believe that no one will loot your house just because it's wrong. If you choose to be burglarized while sitting atop your high horse, be my guest.

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Thieves target mourners at California graveyard
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Updated: 07/20/2009 11:11:54 AM CDT

WHITTIER, Calif. Thieves are preying on mourners at a cemetery in Southern California.

Purses, laptops and other valuables are being taken from the unlocked cars of grief-stricken people attending mortuary and graveside services at Rose Hills Memorial Park in suburban Whittier.

There have been 26 thefts from cars at the 1,400--acre hillside graveyard so far this year. There were 11 in all of 2008.

Rose Hills officials and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are warning people to lock cars and leave valuables at home. Deputies are now patrolling the cemetery and distributing warning fliers.

Rose Hills visitor services manager Richard Hardy notes the cemetery is in the sprawling Los Angeles urban area and "whatever happens outside, happens inside a cemetery.

Guess we'll be needing to post guards on our cars, too...

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I agree with you, thrice, and I specifically stated that I'm not blaming the victims. Perhaps it's an Iowa thing, but all the funerals I've been to, there was someone (not close family, obviously) who stayed at the house during the funeral.

I think it's rather naive to believe that no one will loot your house just because it's wrong. If you choose to be burglarized while sitting atop your high horse, be my guest.


NoMN, I'm not suggesting that crooks would avoid ripping you off because it's wrong. I would suggest they might think twice about it if the penalty for getting caught was worse than jaywalking. As it stands now, most burglars get probation or a few days in the local jail. Car thieves get less than that.

I guess what really eats me is where we've come to. Historically, the rich have always had protection. They had the King's soldiers guarding them, or hired gunslingers to escort them and/or protect their property. The creation of public police forces in the 1800's was a social statement that everyone, not just the rich, had a right to a minimum degree of security for themselves and their property.

Now it seems that due to toothless laws and indifferent criminals who laugh at feeble penalties, we've come full circle to a place where if you want to feel safe, you've got to hire your own protection. The social contract had us giving up our resources and some of our rights to the sovereign in exchange for their protection. If they're going to walk away from their end of the bargain, then let's just start selling guns at the checkout counter at Walmart and we can stop the charade of protecting the public and just take care of business ourselves.

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Or people could lock their cars. Rolling Eyes

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Typically it doesn't matter. With safety glass, you can have the door window out in a matter of seconds and barely make a sound.

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